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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Looking to start your career in early childhood education and care? This course teaches you how to support children’s development when working with babies or children up to 6 years in family day care, after-school care or other childcare environments.

Job prospects

+ Child Development Worker

+ Children’s Service Coordinator

+ Group Coordinator

+ Early Childhood Centre Manager

+ Children’s Adviser

+ Early Childhood Educator


+ Duration: 9 months

+ Work placement: 160 hours

Local students Yes

International students No

Is this funded?

Yes - Government funding is available to eligible students. Please click here to see if you qualify.

How can I study?

This course is available to study on campus, in Melbourne CBD, Werribee or as a traineeship. Call us to discuss your options.

Satisfied with training

  • 92.4% Satisfied with training

Percentage of graduates of this course who were satisfied with the training.

Improved work status

  • 74.4% Improved work status

Percentage of graduates of this course who started/expanded a business or who have a new job, more highly skilled work, a promotion or higher pay.

Average weekly pay

  • $953 weekly pay

Average weekly pay for a Child Carer. You usually need a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to work as a Child Carer.

  • National Code: CHC30121

  • Units: 15 core + 2 electives

  • Location: Level 9, 250 Collins St – City Campus or 1/13 Watton Street, Werribee

  • Duration: 9 months

  • Delivery Mode: Classroom: 1 day per week (second day of learning support optional)

  • Work placement: 160 hours

  • Assessment: Students must successfully complete all assessment activities including written assessment, scenario, roleplay, portfolio, workplace-based tasks and assessor observations.

  • Prior experience: if you have previously worked or studied in Early Childhood Education and Care, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning or Credit Transfer

  • Workplacement Uniform T’Shirt: Cost is $30

Government Funded: $0*

Traineeship: $0*

Full Fee: $6,428

Textbooks: $110 (Cost for textbooks to be born by the students if they wish to purchase either soft or hard copy).

Uniform: $30


Enrolment fees include additional resources required for the course and student ID charges.  For additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees, please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook

This course is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding, to eligible candidates.
* Eligibility criteria applies.
^Eligibility criteria apply. Trainees may be eligible for State and/or Federal Funding.

  • Child Development Worker

  • Children’s Service Coordinator

  • Group Coordinator

  • Early Childhood Centre Manager

  • Children’s Adviser

  • Early Childhood Educator


There were 130,800 Child Carers in 2020. The number of workers:

  • fell over the past 5 years

  • is expected to grow strongly over the next five years

  • is likely to reach 144,000 by 2025

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, seasonally adjusted data to November 2020 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2025. The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.


Employment Snapshot

  • Size: This is a very large occupation

  • Location: Child Carers work in many regions of Australia

  • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Education and Training; and Other Services

  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $953 per week (lower than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows

  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (47%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time

  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours)

  • Age: The average age is 33 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (27%)

  • Gender: 95% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%)

There are no formal pre-requisites for this course.

Education/Core Skills

Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for Certificate III level study and demonstrate that they are a suitable candidate for this course.


Age at Commencement

It is recommended that students have attained the age of 18 by the course commencement date.


Students with disabilities

MCIE welcomes all people with disabilities, learning differences and medical conditions. Acceptance in this course is subject to candidates’ ability to undertake all course requirements as discussed in the Pre-Training Review, with reasonable adjustments where applicable.



All participants require a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. If you do not have a USI number you can apply for one online at, or you can give MCIE’s admin staff permission to apply on your behalf.


Digital technology

Students are required to have sufficient digital literacy skills to access online content, enter answers to written questions and communicate with trainers via email, the student portal and the learning management system.


Prior experience

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer are available. Fees apply. Refer to the Domestic Student Handbook or contact us for more information on fees, terms and conditions.

Refer to the Domestic Student Handbook or MCIE’s website for more information.

MCIE Work Placement Officers will facilitate work placement for students in a children’s services environment.

Candidates may be required to provide evidence of the following for work placement (requirements vary according to host employer policies):

  • National Police Check

  • Working with Children Check

  • Flu vaccination, COVID-19 vaccinations and COVID-19 test

Core Units

HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing

CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting

CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children

CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children

CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers

CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice

CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice

CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning

CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment

CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care

CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care

CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity

CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures

Elective Units

BSBPEF301 Organise personal work priorities

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

Nationally Recognised Training

This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.

Start a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at the MCIE Werribee Campus. Situated in the heart of the Melbourne suburb Werribee, the MCIE campus is located at the end of Watton Street, near the local Woolworths and Bunnings stores. Just 32km south of the city CBD, the Werribee campus is a three-minute walk from public transport services, including the Werribee train station and Duncans Road bus stop. The campus is also accessible by car, but do keep in mind that street parking is limited in the area.

Werribee Campus Map

Study a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at the MCIE Melbourne CBD Campus. Just an 8-minute walk to the stunning Alexandra Gardens – The perfect place to study or relax after a class. Getting to the Melbourne CBD campus is even easier with the Flinders Street Railway Station just 5 minutes down the block.

Melbourne City Campus Map

The reviews

Great company and everyone is so friendly!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 4, 2022

Great company everyone is so friendly and wants to help anyone that needs help… the courses are great and the teachers are always happy, friendly and willing to go above and beyond to assist.

Anna Blanche

Studying the Certificate III in Early Childhood was my stepping stone

Rated 5 out of 5
February 4, 2022

Hi everyone, let me tell you of how MCIE was my stepping stone to many avenues. First of all, I will thank Najaah, Maggie, Gemma, Decshen, Hayli, Jumbee and Maryann for their help. As an International student, I felt welcomed from the start. I enrolled in Certificate III Early Childhood last year. Through Hayli’;s guidance and patience, I was able to complete my placement where I was offered a job in childcare. With hard work, things went smoothly. I would recommend others to join MCIE as they are just there for you. Thank you very much to all.


I love this child care coure!

Rated 5 out of 5
April 20, 2021

This is the best course to start your career in the booming Child care industry. I love the staff and atmosphere at MCIE !

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